Laboratory/Physical Sciences This is a provisional appointment

Laboratory/Physical Sciences
This is a provisional appointment.
Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):
This position will be assigned to the Firearms Analysis Unit. Under the direction of the unit director and
senior examiners, analyze items of evidence. Process crime scenes and vehicles with supervision. Perform
quality procedures and maintain quality control records in order to ensure testing accuracy and
reliability. Maintain chemical and safety logs. Intake evidence. Prepare samples and evidentiary items for
storage and/or further analysis, preserve specimens, may observe and assist Criminalists II-IV in complex
tasks. Receive and prepare reagents, solutions, chemicals, and other materials used in the examination
and analysis of various types of evidence. Maintain chain of custody and ensure the integrity and viability of
materials for testing. Package, mark, and receive evidence, maintaining continuity and integrity of physical
evidence. Maintain laboratory safety and cleanliness standards assuring worker safety. Photograph
evidence to document and record subject matter. Maintain and utilize laboratory and forensic
databases. Monitor stock levels of reagents, chemicals, and consumables ensuring sufficient
supplies/materials to perform required testing/services. Write and maintain records and daily logs. Maintain
safety showers and eyewashes. May participate in continuing education, conferences, training, and other
seminars relative to the forensic sciences. Write reports under direction of Criminalist II-IV, if appropriate to
assignment. Performs related duties as required.
Basic Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of routine laboratory safety rules, regulations and procedures. Ability to receive and prepare
reagents and solutions. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to follow
Standard Operating Procedures (SOP s). Ability to communicate with investigators, ADA s, and the
courts. Knowledge of crime scene and vehicle processing. Familiar with equipment and instrumentation
within assigned / relevant disciple. Report writing.
Full Performance Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, quality assurance, laboratory paperwork,
terminology and core operations of the Forensic Unit. Must be familiar with courtroom procedures, and
may present expert testimony on results of analysis, tests, and examinations in federal, state, and local
courts. Can process a crime scene, vehicles or complex case (i.e. homicide) independently. General
working knowledge of all disciplines within the Forensic Group. Ability to interpret test results. Familiar with
laboratory sections / disciplines. Knowledge of working lab including QA/QC, competency and proficiency
testing, standards, and controls. Knowledge of evidence collection, packaging, documentation, processing
and preservation techniques and procedures. Knowledge of chain of custody and rules of evidence. Able to
obtain License to Carry Firearms and ability to handle firearms in a safe manner. General working
knowledge of different disciplines in the Forensic Group. Must have the ability to write comprehensive
technical reports; interpret and produce an opinion on complex test results.
Minimum Entrance Qualifications:
Minimum four (4) year bachelor's degree in a natural science, forensic science, or closely related field. Entry
level apprentice/trainee. No professional experience required. Preference will be given to applicants with
one year laboratory experience or six month applicable laboratory experience and a graduate degree that
includes relevant laboratory coursework. Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on minute detail for
long periods as required by the job.
Union/Salary/Grade: Forensic Group of BPD Detectives / CRM 1
Hours Per Week: 35
Please refer to the Salary Information section on the Boston Career Center site for more information on
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